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Checking in With St. Paul's First-Ever Pedestrian Plan
"Despite slick and snowy conditions, a handful of residents showed up [earlier this month] for a public hearing to round out the public comment period on St. Paul’s first-ever Pedestrian Plan [pdf]," reports Cinnamon Janzer.
St Paul released the draft of the pedestrian plan in late 2018 as a potentially game-changing document for the future of walking in the city. Janzer provides context:
As the Monitor St. Paul reported, a majority of the city’s 1,080 miles of sidewalks are in poor condition because only six to eight miles are replaced each year. Additionally, the city has 330 miles of sidewalk gaps to contend with as well. Mayor Melvin Carter’s 2019 budget has almost doubled last year’s spending, earmarking $1 million for sidewalks.
According to Janzer, the plan is expected to appear before the City Council at a public hearing in March.